Highly crosslinked polyethylene is safe for use in total knee arthroplasty.

  title={Highly crosslinked polyethylene is safe for use in total knee arthroplasty.},
  author={Robert J. Hodrick and Erik P. Severson and Deborah S McAlister and Brian P Dahl and Aaron A Hofmann},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  volume={466 11},
UNLABELLED Highly cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) has been used with good initial success in hip arthroplasty to reduce wear. However, the process of crosslinking reduces fracture toughness, raising concerns as to whether it can be safely used in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). We therefore asked whether XLPE can be used safely in TKA. We performed a retrospective review of 100 subjects receiving XLPE and compared them to 100 subjects who received standard polyethylene in the setting of TKA… CONTINUE READING
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